E: Sorry I’m late. I lost track of time.
(Euphoria Atkins enters the restaurant wearing a pretty black silk blouse and pencil skirt that hugs her ample hips. She smiles easily and takes a seat directly across from me.)
E: I had a meeting that ran long. I hope I didn’t keep you waiting too long.
You’re absolutely fine. Should we order or dive right in?”
E:Oh you haven’t ordered. Oh God. please get some food. I called in my order because I thought you would have by now. In the meantime, fire away.
Firing now. So tell me about your friendship with charlotte Jackson. How did that began?
It began in college. Charlotte is a take charge kind of woman and substantially more extroverted than I am. So it took some pushing and pulling, but we’re really close.
Because you are opposites?
E:Absolutely. We see the world from different places, and so we compliment each other. She’s the sister I never had, and I’m very grateful.
What did she say about your relationship with Nathaniel Blanchard? did she try to discourage you from being with a werewolf?
E: I won’t be commenting on Nathaniel.
(Her smile has grown exponentially. As the waiter places her food down in front of her and takes my order. I notice a moment of quiet joy sweeping over her smooth brown cheeks.)
Why not? He refused to talk to us about you too. Is there something the two of you are hiding. Maybe wedding bells or something along those lines.
E: Nathaniel and I agreed that we wouldn’t disclose details about our relationship until after the book was released. Even then, we don’t plan to share everything.
So what can you share with our readers about yours and Nathaniel’s story? Anything.
E: I can share that it is worth the discovery. I think your readers will enjoy watching our story unfold, and gain a lot from it.
Okay, so you’re not going to tell us anything.
E: No. (She says with a throaty laugh.)
Well, I guess we will have to wait until April 23rd for the official release.
E: You won’t be disappointed. I promise.
We’ll take your word for it. So on to other subjects. It is rumored that you left a high paying Graphic Design job to start your business Euphoric Designs. What was the catalyst for your venturing out on your own?
(Euphoria holds her fork balanced on mid-way between her plate and her mouth. She’s thinking. Her brows are smooth, but her eyes are deep with concentration.
E: A number of things drove that decision. Ultimately, I believe I just wanted to own more of my time and my creations. I was exhausted from working long hours on projects that didn’t matter to me or didn’t make me grow. I wasn’t motivated to do that for the rest of my life. So, I decided that if I were going to work my life away I would do it for myself.
Dreams seem to play a big part in yours and Nathaniel’s story. What advice would you give other women who have a dream that they can’t get out of their heads?
E: I would tell them to stop trying to forget it. If it wasn’t part of my purpose to be a Graphic Designer and someday own my company, then it would have been an easy thought to dismiss. Since it wasn’t, I knew I had to pay attention to this. I had to attempt to build it or it would eat me alive.
Eat you alive. That is a powerful choice of words.
E:It’s an honest choice of words. I love what I do. I was suffocating doing it for someone else. I realize it isn’t that way for everyone, but it was that way for me. I had to do something about it. I had to make a change.
How does building your company factor into your romantic life?
(Euphoria exhales as if I’ve just knocked the wind from her lungs, but her eyes glitter with amusement.)
E. It is challenging because entrepreneurship requires such long hours sometimes, but when you have the right partner your dream becomes important to them too. They understand, and you make the time whenever possible to ensure the relationship survives.
Is Nathaniel Blanchard the right partner?
E: No comment.
Darn. I thought I would get you with that.
E: Yeah, I saw what you did there. ( Euphoira wags her finger and smiles gleefully at me. I smile back amused that she’s caught me in my own trap.)
Since obviously you aren’t going to spill the beans for us, I’m going to ask you one final question on the record. Maybe when we’re off the record you will let me in on some of you and Nathaniel’s closely guarded secrets.
(Euphoria’s laughter is a wind chime of happiness.)
E: Off the record, maybe.
Give me three words to describe The Alpha’s Dream to our audience.
E: Hmm. Wow. Okay. You know the story has so many layers to it that I’m not sure where to begin. I think I would have to go with authentic, transformative, for us at least, and sexy. We spin a pretty sexy story.
It’s funny you should say that. Sexy and layered were two words Nathaniel used to describe The Alpha’s Dream too. I guess great minds really do think alike.
E:Yes, they do.
Thank you for you joining us Euphoria.
E. Thank you for having me.